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Title Release Date Artist(s)
Studio 13 Jass Band

The Studio 13 Jass Band is part of a long tradition of Bay Area artists who also play music. Founded in the late 1940s at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI, then called the…

January 2013
Gary Tinterow on the influence of Cézanne's Bathers

Curator Gary Tinterow on other artists' admiration for Paul Cézanne's Bathers.

Part of the special exhibition mobile tour for The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the

June 2011
  • Paul Cézanne
Janet Bishop on early reactions to Femme au chapeau

Curator Janet Bishop discusses the original shock value of Henri Matisse's Femme au chapeau.

Part of the special exhibition mobile tour for The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and

June 2011
Henri Matisse's Boy with Butterfly Net: a token of friendship

Curator Janet Bishop discusses Boy with Butterfly Net and the deep friendship between the Matisse and Stein families.

Part of the special exhibition mobile tour for The Steins

June 2011
Pablo Picasso's Carnet 10 and the artistic influence of Henri Matisse

Curator Janet Bishop discusses Henri Matisse's influence on the evolution of Pablo Picasso's style.

Part of the special exhibition mobile tour for The Steins Collect: Matisse,

June 2011
Marie Laurencin's Group of Artists: a portrait of Picasso's circle

Curator Janet Bishop and art historian Emily Braun discuss Laurencin's depiction of Picasso and his friends.

Part of the special exhibition mobile tour for The Steins

June 2011
Pablo Picasso's The Architect's Table and the origins of cubism

Curators Janet Bishop and Gary Tinterow on Pablo Picasso's painting The Architect's Table and the beginnings of Cubism.

Part of the special exhibition mobile tour for The Steins

June 2011
Hilary Spurling on Matisse's Portrait of Sarah Stein

Matisse biographer Hilary Spurling describes the artist's portrait of Sarah Stein.

Part of the special exhibition mobile tour for The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the

June 2011
Janet Bishop on Juan Gris's Flowers

Curator Janet Bishop discusses Juan Gris's Flowers in the context of the artist's profound contributions to Cubism.

Part of the special exhibition mobile tour for The Steins

June 2011
Femme au chapeau's Journey to SFMOMA

Curator Janet Bishop on how Henri Matisse's Femme au chapeau came into the collection.

March 2011
SFMOMA curators discuss Alphabetized

Curators Jennifer Fletcher and Apsara DiQuinzio discuss Tauba Auerbach's Alphabetized Bible.

January 2011
Rosana Castrillo Díaz's mica mural

Artist Rosana Castrillo Díaz discusses the role of light in her 2009 mural commission for SFMOMA.

January 2011
Tacita Dean on Beauty

Artist Tacita Dean discusses taking portraits of two trees, Majesty and Beauty.

January 2011
About Learning to Love You More

Artists Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July on the genesis of their participatory, online artwork, Learning to Love You More.

January 2011
Fletcher and July on Learning to Love You More

Artists Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July discuss being "fans of their audience".

January 2011
Bill Fontana on Sonic Shadows

Artist Bill Fontana on his site-specific sound installation, based on SFMOMA's fifth-floor pedestrian bridge.

January 2011
Apsara DiQuinzio on Sietsema's Calendar Sticks

Curator Apsara DiQuinzio discusses Paul Sietsema's meticulously re-crafted artifacts.

January 2011
Apsara DiQuinzio on Sietsema's The Famous Last Words

Curator Apsara DiQuinzio discusses Paul Sietsema's "message in a bottle".

January 2011
Stephanie Syjuco's Shadowshop

Artist Stephanie Syjuco on the complexities of creating a store inside a museum.

January 2011
Peter Wegner's map of nowhere

Artist Peter Wegner describes his exploration of "nameless" places in his work The United States of Nothing.

January 2011
Peter Wegner and neon

Artist Peter Wegner considers his relationship with neon, reflecting on both his personal history and his work.

January 2011
John Zarobell on Claes Oldenburg's sculptures

Curator John Zarobell discusses artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen's monumental sculptures of everyday objects.

Part of Making Sense of Modern Art Mobile, SFMOMA's…

June 2010
John Zarobell on Oldenburg's small-scale studies

Curator John Zarobell discusses the small-scale studies by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen in the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection.

Part of Making Sense of Modern Art Mobile

June 2010
John Zarobell on The Store

Curator John Zarobell discusses artist Claes Oldeburg's guerrila art action, The Store.

Part of Making Sense of Modern Art Mobile, SFMOMA's handheld multimedia tour.

June 2010
Gary Garrels discusses Sigmar Polke's mythical paintings

Curator Gary Garrels discusses artist Sigmar Polke's series of five paintings entitled The Spirits That Lend Strength Are Invisible.

Part of Making Sense of Modern Art Mobile,…

June 2010
Robert Storr on understanding Gerhard Richter

Curator Robert Storr on the early photo paintings by artist Gerhard Richter.

Part of Making Sense of Modern Art Mobile, SFMOMA's handheld multimedia tour.

June 2010
John Zarobell on Ed Ruscha

Curator John Zarobell on the relationship between artist Ed Ruscha's silhouette paintings and his signature text paintings.

Part of Making Sense of Modern Art Mobile, SFMOMA's…

June 2010
Tom Marioni and Richard Serra on Serra's Prop pieces

Artist Tom Marioni speaks about his first encounter with Richard Serra's prop pieces, and Serra offers his own take on the peculiar physical quality of these works.

Part of Making

June 2010
Richard Serra on his use of steel

Artist Richard Serra considers his long history with his most common material: steel.

Part of Making Sense of Modern Art Mobile, SFMOMA's handheld multimedia tour.

June 2010
SFMOMA curators on Joel Shapiro

Curators John Zarobell and Gary Garrels discuss the work of sculptor Joel Shapiro.

Part of Making Sense of Modern Art Mobile, SFMOMA's handheld multimedia tour.

June 2010